Saturday, 27 December 2008

Did You Know


R&B Record Producing Legends
(With a powerful signature sounds)

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff are the only two song writing and record production teams in contemporary music to have achieved one position on the American Billboard singles chart listings over a three decades period.
Gamble & Huff started their run at the top 1968 with “Cowboys to Girls” performed by The Intruders on the Gamble imprint. The single achieved number one on 11th May 1968 (1 Week) on the American Billboard R&B Singles chart listings, with their final chart success with The O’Jays in 1987 with the song “Lovin’ You” on 7th November 1987(1 week), also on the American Billboard R&B Singles chart listings, surpassing Michael Jackson’s “Bad” singles that actually dominated the chart at the top for three weeks prior starting 17th October 1987.
Audio and Video interviews of Gamble & Huff:

Gamble & Huff - Google Search: Interview conducted by Tavis Smiley
Gamble & Huff site:youtube.com - Google Search: "YouTube - NODFACTOR Interviews Legendary Gamble & Huff"

NPR: Search Results: "Soul Train Celebration"
NPR: Search Results: The Architects of The Philadelphia Sound

Additional interviews on NPR website with Jerry Butler, Larry Gold, Teddy Pendergrass, The O'Jays and musician Ahmir Thompson


Jam & Lewis domination of the charts began with the “Encore” performed Cheryl Lynn, pecks at R&B number one on 25th February 1984, which final introduced the Minneapolis Sound according Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Their became the Gamble & Huff of the 1980s and 1990s, helping to create Janet Jackson into a formidable recording and multi media icon from the mid 1980s into the 21st century.

In the process of their career as a song writing production team, their have achieved number ones for a wide range recording artists from various genres such as Pop, Jazz and R&B.
Audio and video Interviews of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis:
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis - Google Video: Talking About Their Recording Process in The Studio.
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis - Google Video: The Creation Of The Ballad "Tender Love"
Jimmy Jam and Terry Tewis - Google Video: Janet Jackson in this video.

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Philadelphia Soul Sound

Did You Know

Two Female artists who dominated the American Billboard R&B Singles Chart for the entire month of August 1986 with singles produced and recorded in the city of Philadelphia, at different recording studios were Shirley Jones and Jean Carne.

Both artists shared the number one position for two weeks, beginning with Jean Carne taking a run at summit on 2nd August 1986 with “Closer than Closer” Omni 99531. Which was produced by the late Grover Washington, Jr.? Also Jean was once signed to Philadelphia International Records during the 1970s to the early 1980s.

Shirley Jones achieved the top position on 16th August 1986. Co-Produced by Kenny Gamble and Bunny Sigler. The single “Do You Get enough Love” Philadelphia International Records 50034, was the second single for Philadelphia International Records to have achieved one during the 1980s, with Patti LaBelle’s single been the first in 1984 for “If Only You Knew”, Philadelphia International Records 04248, 28th January 1984 (4 weeks). The single was extracted “I’m In Love Again” album, been the last gold certified album to be distributed CBS Records for label.

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Kevin Tomlin has over 34 years of teaching experience in Jamaica, England and America, including 15 years teaching music history of black origin and visual art in South Florida, U.S.A., through Arts in Education. Tomlin created special training programmes and workshops for music teachers in South Florida schools, using music history as the foundation, to build exciting programmes of study and support materials for education professionals. Since 2000, he’s taught music history, geography, religious education, history, visual arts and performing arts at schools in Hertfordshire and Essex, at both primary and secondary levels. He conducts research and provides consultancy services for multi-media organisations, schools, recording artists, cultural and faith-based groups and entertainment professionals.

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